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We Are What We Are

RedsArmyAdmin May 6, 2009 Uncategorized 22 Comments

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It's time to embrace what the Boston Celtics are to the rest of the world.

They're dirty.  They get away with the things.  They talk too much and foul too hard.  And we Celtics fans… well… we're dirty, arrogant a-holes who illicit eye rolls at the mere hint of complaint.  People even come here to point and laugh at how we react to games… even though every team's fans react the same way.  Somehow… we're different, and we're wrong.

We are the Evil Empire.  Hated by everyone.  We're the New York Yankees of basketball.  Might as well embrace it.

I know… I know.  That stings.  As mostly Red Sox fans around here, the hint of our beloved Celtics compared to the Yankees is enough to make an eyeball burst.  But it's true.  It's a team full of stars.  It's a team with a long championship history.  It's a team with very loyal fans on its side, and very angry haters on the other.  Our every failure is cheered.  Hell, we're even accused of buying a title… which I never understood since this is a salary cap league and all trades require matching salaries.  But hating us doesn't have to make sense.

Still don't believe me?  Look at Kevin Garnett.  He was one of the most beloved figures in the game.  Everyone wanted him to win.  Yeah, he acted a little nuts, but that's because he was intense… he wanted to win THAT BAD!  Fast forward to life in Boston and suddenly KG is one of the most hated players around.  He's acting the same way he always has.  He's just doing it in Boston… and people hate him for it.

Want more proof?  Paul Pierce is hated because team doctors were careful with his knee.  The guy was afraid he hurt his knee… they put him on a wheelchair… and when he turned out to be ok, he played.  And IMMEDIATELY he was villified.  He was called a faker.  People actually still believe he staged the whole thing so he could come out to an emotional boost of some kind.  People still make the jokes every time he hits the deck.

Rajon Rondo's now one of the most hated guys by opposing fans because of one hard foul on Brad Miller.  For half the Chicago series, people were lining up to pat Rondo on the back for emerging as an elite NBA point guard.  Now people are lining up to stab him in the back because of a hard foul.  Top of the world to the trash heap… because he wears Boston on his chest and that's just easy for everyone else to hate.

So what do we Celtics fans do?  Embrace it.  What else can we do?  No matter what we do, we're the arrogant ones.  We're the fans who cheer for the dirty flagrant foulers.  No matter what we say or how we act, we're going to catch hell for it. 

So soak it in people.  We're the bad guys.  But I would just say this about being the Evil Empire.  Everyone knows Darth Vader is the coolest character.  There's a reason the Vader costumes are big on halloween, while anyone wearing a Luke Skywalker get up is a target for a beatdown.  Everyone secretly wants to be the cool bad-ass… even when they bad-mouth him in public.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704b7be5970b bigpartymaker

    The rest of the country is tired of Boston sports success, so I’m not surprised.
    Still, the baddest man on the planet is a Celtics fan. Direct all inquiries/complaints to Manny Pacquiao

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    Pac man really is bad ass. He’s gonna kill Mayweather if they fight.

  • baron

    great post, and agreed.

  • Alex

    I always thought the Lakers were the Yankees of Basketball?
    Every year they have a great team… but the only exception is that they can’t win anything without Shaq. LOL

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    They’re close… but their fan base isn’t passionate enough, I don’t think. I think in down times, Lakers fans kinda flake out. Not all of them, obviously, but the base shrinks considerably

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    Basically what it boils down too is jealousy is a byproduct of being good
    and when other people cant argue that their team is better than yours they have to find other ways of justifying why there team is losing “the league wants yall to win” or why they are somehow on a moral highhorse for rooting for a lesser team ie the your team is dirty talk

  • Uncle Leo

    I dont get it, shouldn’t you write something like this if the celts were just dominating everyone they played, not going down by 28 and or into quadruple overtimes vs dah bulls.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f73aaaa970c AboveTheRim

    Yanks wish they could run a franchise like the Celts

  • Nora

    Who won that series again? And who won the championship last year? Trolls, go away.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Seriously Leo….can’t you find a better way to spend your time?

  • johnny

    if I’m right last year was the 1st championship in 22 years? No way near a comparison of the Yankees, not to mention 11 of there championships came in the 50′s-60′s, really who cares? Also the red sox they finally won a championship after 86 years, LOL. Funny how everybody becomes a boston fan now

  • CC

    Well put (the article).

  • Boney

    Boston fans enjoy making things larger than they really need to be.
    The Celtics mortgaged their future for the right to win last season. It was their opportunity to win, and congratulations they won. That doesn’t make Celtics fans the greatest basketball fans in the world, or the most knowledgeable fans in the league considering the team hadn’t been relevant for 20+ years.
    I don’t “hate” the Celtics, personally. I think it’s funny how all of the sudden most of the die hard Celts fans think they know about basketball just because their favorite team finally started winning some games.
    I haven’t liked KG since long before his days in Beantown. He’s a punk who picks on players who are smaller than he is. I don’t appreciate Rondo’s game because of the overdramatic flopping whenever he takes a bump, it’s almost as bad as Manu Ginobili… and Paul Pierce? he needed a wheelchair and then ran out on the court how much later? 10 minutes or so? not even 10 game minutes, 10 minutes with commercials.
    Take a fall or a hit like a man and you won’t have to worry about playing up the dramatics for the refs. You don’t see Perk flop or hold his face if he gets hit.
    No one understands how hard it is to be a Boston fan I guess.

  • steveo

    haha evil empire? you’ve won 1 title in the past 25 years.
    we hate you because you are massholes.

  • lol

    What a fucking joke that happens to every team. Look at the Celtics people 22 year drought now they win a title their stadium is filled again. That’s what you call a fan base. Only their when the team wins a title

  • Brian

    We are not the Yankees…the Lakers are more similar to New York…they have all the “glitz” & “glamour” of the west coast and the celebrities that follow them just as the Yankees have the glitz of Manhattan and the pomp and showmanship of”Broadway”….plus Jack Nicholson is both a fan of the Lakers AND the Yankees. Both of those teams have also been media darlings, something that Boston has never been and the fans like it that way. Boston always has been a city that celebrates grit, guts,determination, and heart in their sports teams. That is why we are not like the Yanks,and also the Yanks never went 22 years without a championship, so there.-B

  • CJG

    Full Disclosure–>From Cleveland
    I don’t really think calling the Celtics basketball’s yanks is really accurate–nor the Lakers. The Yankees have a really special kind of arrogance/entitlement that comes only with that team. And I mean short-bus special, not “It’s your birthday” special. I truly can’t find another team in any sport in any other part of the world that matches the Yankee’s worthlessness. I tried, really. Celtics and their fans don’t even come close.
    However, one irritating thing to me is bandwagon fans. There are Celtic bandwagon fans, there bandwagon fans everywhere. And when a team wins a title, those bandwagon fans come out in full force, and its incredibly annoying. Let me be clear, this is not a jab at Celtic fans. I completely expect if any Cleveland team wins a title there will be bandwagon fans who couldn’t name a single other player on the Cavs. Those same kind of fans in Boston probably couldn’t tell you who Red Auerbach is (I can). The only upside I see to these fans is they pay for the tickets that pay the bills for the teams we enjoy to follow. So pay away bandwagon fans.
    While I will not be rooting for the Celtics in the conference finals, I gotta say, your team as been awesome to watch. Rondo was great last night! Best of luck in the rest of the series against Orlando.

  • buu

    you forgot to mention when rondo threw kirk hinrich into the scorer’s table.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115707f5833970b bigpussydavis

    Boston IS dirty. Finally at least someone will admit it.

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